MORE, Robert Jasper. Under the Balkans. Notes of a Visit to the District of Philippopolis in 1876. London, Henry S. King, 1877.
8vo. Original green pictorial cloth, blocked in gilt and black; pp. xii, 272. 32 (advertisements), with wood-engraved frontispiece with tissue guard, one folding lithographic map, wood-engraved plate and several illustrations in the text; cloth a little marked, one corner bumped, a few pages with light spotting.
Scarce first edition; presentation copy, inscribed From the Author on half-title. Published two years before the Berlin Conference which aimed at sorting out the unruly remnants of the Ottoman Empire on the Balkans and based on the English liberal politician's tour to Bulgaria, which was in unrest and insurrectionists, some supported by Russian circles, made his sojourn rather interesting. More reports on the customs of Bulgarians, their economics, agriculture and relation to the Turkish masters, the Turkish rulers and their administration, who had brutally suppressed the uprising in central Bulgaria in May. The American Roberts College in Istanbul had been the channel for information about the events to the West, and More investigated himself what was going on in a part of the world almost completely unknown to the British. The map shows the region around Plovdiv.